Writers Corner



My Journey to Publication

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Writers Corner -- An archive of a blog I ran for about five years.  It contains inspirational thoughts, agent/publisher research tips, information about grammar or the mechanics of writing fiction, and an overall look at a writer's life.
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Articles Written for Chuck Sambuchino's "Guide to Literary Agents" Blog:


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Links to informative writing-related blogs:

The Passive Voice

Galley Cat

Kristen Lamb

Between Fact & Fiction

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A Great Lesson for Any Writer:  Raising Stakes, Reversals, and Pay-offs

A video interview with Shane Black, author of screenplays such as Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and the Iron Man movies.  In this clip, he offers invaluable tips and examples for how any writer, of any genre, can keep an audience riveted and coming back for more.  Link here 

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The Extreme Highs and Lows of Art


A piece of art that can be related to ANY art, especially writing.  It encompasses the fears, disappointments, self doubts, passions, and thrills of those who create art.  Incredibly powerful.  Link here

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES:

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Writing is a delicious agony.  ~Gwendolyn Brooks

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.  ~Richard Bach

I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am.  ~Jane Austen

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A sentence must earn the right to live.  ~Unknown

The unexamined life is not worth living.  ~Socrates

Writing is the hard manual labor of the imagination. ~Ishmael Reed

Writing is like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate, in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.  ~Elie Wiesel

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.  ~Stephen King

Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda

You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.  ~Stephen King 

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.  ~Carl Sandburg

Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.  ~Gwendolyn Brooks

To begin, begin.  ~William Wordsworth

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.  ~Dickinson

Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.  ~William Faulkner

Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then un-hypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly. ~Anne Lamott

Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It's the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors. ~Rhys Alexander

So much of writing is done when you're not writing...If you're a writer, you're a person with a habit of noticing, of being totally captivated by events as small as the sideways drift of falling leaves, by the guy who tosses pizza dough up into the air, by the woman in a kerchief waiting for a bus. You have a need to translate what moves you or angers you or inspires you or mystifies you, into words. You use what you write to explain the world to yourself. Writing happens at the keyboard or on the page, yes. So often, though, it also happens when you're pulling weeds or watching the slow flap of a new butterfly's wings or tossing cheese into your grocery cart or taking a shower. If you're a writer, you sort of never stop working. You always have your invisible basket on your arm, gathering, gathering gathering.  ~Elizabeth Berg




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